Evaluating the evacuation plan near Limerick nuclear plant

    What if you had to get out of your home, your town, in a hurry? Would it be possible?

    The Pottstown Mercury looks at this today as it considers the feasibility of an evacuation should something go wrong at the nearby Exelon Limerick nuclear plant.

    Short answer: the powers that be say things are under control. The readers who’ve commented so far fully expect to die while sitting in traffic.

    Citing a 12 percent population increase in the last 20 years in the 50 miles surrounding the plant, the Mercury went to Limerick plant officials and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for their thoughts.

    The evacuation plan for the area was updated in 2008, but the route is pretty much the same as it was when it was first laid out.

    Feed the Feed: Where do you live and how well do you think an evacuation would work in your area?

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